Marnus Labuschagne suffers another blow to helmet, hit by a bouncer from Mitchell Starc
Marnus Labuschagne was hit by a bouncer from Jofra Archer in 2nd Test. @AFP

In less than 48 hours after being hit by a bouncer from Jofra Archer in the 2nd Test at Lord’s, Marnus Labuschagne copped another blow to the head. The right-handed batsman was struck by Mitchell Starc in the nets yesterday.

On the final day of the 2nd Ashes Test, the Queenslander was floored by an Archer’s bouncer on the first legal delivery that he faced. After undergoing a concussion test, he resumed his innings and scored a brisk 59 off 100 in Australia’s drawn effort.

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Labuschagne created history during the Lord’s Test by becoming the first ever player in international cricket to replace a concussed player. On the fourth day’s play, Archer launched a barrage of bouncers on the Australian batsmen.

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Steven smith (File Photo) @ AFP

A vicious bouncer from Archer went on to hit Steve Smith on his neck, which saw him go down in a heap. In less than an hour after the blow, Smith cleared the concussion test and walked out to bat again. He woke up groggy on the morning of the final day’s play, that prevented him from taking the field. The former Australia captain was later ruled out of the third Ashes Test as well.

England also suffered an injury scare before the third Test as Jason Roy was also hit on his helmet during the practice session. He resumed batting after passing the fitness test. The team doctor might examine Roy today to ascertain that he is fit to take part in the Leeds Test.

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The third Ashes Test of the series starts on August 22. England retained the same 12-member squad, giving another opportunity to Roy and Joe Denly.

Australia will have a forced change in their line-up, with Labuschagne set to replace Smith. The team management might also rest either of Pat Cummins or Peter Siddle to manage their workloads.